Reiki Level One Training May 26th & June 16th

Join Luann Jacobs and Yael Flusberg for a two-evening workshop on the Japanese healing art of Reiki on May 26th & June 16th. By the end of these sessions, participants will be beginning level Reiki practitioners, able to use their hands to heal themselves and others.

On May 26th, you will learn Reiki for self care, receive attunements to Reiki energy, and receive a workbook for Reiki practice containing history of the practice and specific practices related to the Japanese origins. In the interim two weeks you will practice self care Reiki and keep a personal journal of your experience.

On June 16th we will share experience of doing your self care practice and learn how to give a Reiki session to one of your class participants. You will receive also the final attunements to Reiki energy.

A certificate of Reiki Level One will be sent when you have completed two more independent Reiki sessions with a family member or friend and share your treatment observations with Luann and Yael.

After you complete the requirements for the certificate you are then able to attend (free) Reiki Share sessions that meet bimonthly at the GW Center for Integrative Medicine. Shares allow all levels of Reiki to meet for the purpose of experiencing giving and receiving Reiki in a supervised environment for continued learning about energy and healing.

Cost: $150
To register, send an email to or call 202-833-5055


Sundays, March 12 – May 7 + Saturday April 22 Day-Long Retreat OR Mondays, March 13 – May 8 + Saturday April 22 Day-Long Retreat
Join us for the renowned 8-week MBSR course, the experiential learning program that teaches new skills to manage stress and pain. Learning occurs through guided activities, and the interactions of the participants with each other and with the teacher. You will learn to recognize your own sensations, feelings and thoughts in times of difficulty, which is the first step to healing and stress reduction. People who have attended this program report many benefits, including: A decrease in chronic physical and psychological symptoms, improvements in the ability to manage stress, feeling calmer, and coping with change better. They also eliminated behavioral patterns that were causing distress and developed more compassion and patience with others and with themselves.

We teach body-centered skills to awaken awareness. The act of noticing or knowing what you are doing when you are doing it is awareness. Mindfulness is bringing the mind back to the present moment. Being present in the moment is central to reducing stress and managing pain. The student does guided body scans, simple yoga and other meditative movements to learn how to listen deeply to the cues coming from the physical body in the present moment.

The program runs for eight weeks, which includes a full-day session in complete silence after week six. The program is designed to give you the opportunity to experiment with new behaviors while having the support of a learning community. At the end of the eight weeks, most participants report that they have gained personal insights that allow them to modify their behavior to reduce stress and manage pain better.

This course follows the teaching protocol established by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The approach has been proven effective in numerous research studies. See and click research to view the studies.

Class schedule:

8 Sunday (some Saturday) afternoon classes, March – May, 2017

on GWU Campus, WDC from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm*
and one all-day retreat from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
March 12, 19, 26 
April 2 
April 8, 15 
April 22 (retreat day)
April 30
May 7
*Classes 1 & 8 will be 3 hours and end at 4:30 pm.
8 Monday morning classes, March – May, 2017
in Takoma Park, MD from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm*
and one all-day retreat from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
March 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10, 17
April 22 (retreat day)
May 1, 8
*Classes 1 & 8 will be 3 hours and end at 12:30 pm.
COST: $485

Instructor: Grace Ogden.

If you have questions or want to talk about the course, please contact Grace by e-mail at or call GWCIM front desk at 202-833-5055.

Registration payments are accepted either online or by calling the Center at 202-833-5055.

If you are paying online:

1.  Go to the New Patients section.
2.  Choose Schedule an appointment.
3.  Within that screen click on Schedule a follow up visit.
4.  Then choose the Classes tab.
5.  Once on the Class Schedule page, enter the start date of the program you wish to attend.
6.   Select Sign up Now and follow the prompts.

Once you have completed the registration process, contact Grace by e-mail and she will send you the intake documents.

Refund Policy:
If you cancel before the start of the program, there is a $50 processing fee. If you cancel after the first class, there is a $100 fee.  No further refunds are available.

For cancellations please contact Tatiana Rosten at As a courtesy, please also notify the teacher at

ACP recommends integrative therapies for low back pain

Major development! American College of Physicians fully embraces integrative medicine therapies such as acupuncture, mindfulness, Yoga, Tai Chi, spinal manipulation and others for management of chronic low back pain. What is especially encouraging is that these methods are to be used as 1st line BEFORE any medications!  Click on the title below to read the full article:

Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians

Alexander Technique February offer: two lessons with 10% off

February is the month to give love!  To chase away the winter doldrums, Mary Naden is offering a little something Alexander technique special:

Anyone who books two lessons in February gets a 10% discount!  
More info HERE.
Also SPRING group classes are here:
2 Class Spring Series
Two 90-minute group classes + ½ hour Private Lesson*
March13 and 20| 7:30-9 p.m.

GWCIM yoga therapist Yael Flusberg featured in GW Cancer Center magazine

Check out the inaugural issue of the GW Cancer Center, which has pooled resources from throughout GW to reimagine an end to cancer.  Check out the article on page 22-23 about the weekly class GWCIM yoga therapist Yael Flusberg has offered to people living with cancer for four years. Gentle yoga can strengthen the body and help those in treatment as well as cancer survivors deal with uncomfortable side effects and stress.

TACT2 trial – enroll now

Our Center is currently participating in NIH-sponsored Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy 2 (TACT2) study.

This study will provide definitive evidence of the clinical utility or lack thereof of intravenous chelation and oral vitamins and minerals in diabetic patients with coronary disease, defined by a prior myocardial infarction.

We are currently recruiting patients and respectfully request that you consider referring your patients to our site. Eligible patients must be over the age of 50, have a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus (type I or II) and a history of a prior myocardial infarction.

Please feel free to contact me or our site coordinator Tatiana Murcia for more information at 202 8335055 or


Dr. Mikhail Kogan, GWCIM Clinical Director

Important film about chronic pain: “All The Rage: Saved by Sarno”

An important documentary movie by filmmaker Michael Galinsky entitled “All The Rage: Saved By Sarno” premiered in New York on November 12, 2016.  This film is about the ground breaking work of John E. Sarno, M.D. demonstrating that most common chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions occurring in the back, neck, shoulders, knees, feet, etc. are caused by psychological tension (repressed rage).

Read more about this film is this article:

7th SIMPLE Symposium July 11-14, 2016 in Taos, New Mexico

After six successful conferences under the direction of Dr. Arti Prasad, the University of New Mexico, Section of Integrative Medicine, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology, Integrative Medicine de Taos (IMdT), and Continuing Medical Education will present SIMPLY Botanicals and the 7th Biennial Symposium of Integrative Medicine Professionals in the Land of Enchantment (SIMPLE) July 10-14, 2016 at the Sagebrush Inn in beautiful Taos, NM.

more info here

GWCIM Medical Director Dr. Kogan is one of the major speakers.


Spiritality in Medicine training, August 22-24, 2016


August 26-28, New Lebanon, NY

For info and registration:

A collaborative team of students, residents, and physicians have organized the 8th annual Spirituality in Medicine Leadership Training Institute in conjunction with the George Washington Institute for Spirituality & Health (GWISH) and AIM.  This year’s theme is “Living Life Meaningfully: Inside and Outside of Patient Care.” We plan to address topics including humanism in medicine; the influence of spirituality/religion on health; physician burnout and self-care; how mindfulness can enrich the physician-patient relationship, and more. The retreat is geared towards pre-medical students, medical students, residents, and young physicians.

Dr. Kogan reviewing Gwyneth Paltrow’s smoothie on Wash Post

WP:  “Dr. Mikhail Kogan, our medical supervisor for the video, works at George Washington University’s Center for Integrative Medicine. Kogan incorporates some alternative medicine practices into his treatments, so he’s a little more open to the ingredients found in Paltrow’s smoothie than we are. But even Dr. Kogan is skeptical about the cocktail.”

To watch video (and smile) follow this link: